Training camp is in progress for men's soccer

By Brooke Babcock published August 14, 2008

The Olympics not only help bring the world together but theyâ€TMre also helping to bring the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs menâ€TMs soccer team together. The Mountain Lions are in Buena Vista, Colo., this week for training camp.

“A big critical part of it is the Olympics; weâ€TMve got the one TV and were able to get like two stations and one of them just happens to be the Olympics,” said head coach Henry Ellis. “Everyoneâ€TMs just crowded around cheering and thatâ€TMs just helping us a lot more.”

With 28 players - 16 of whom are new to the program - attending training camp, team chemistry and unity is an important part of team success.

“A big part of my personal philosophy of team success is the team chemistry,” said Ellis. “I think a key to that is us staying all together in one place. [The chemistry is] actually coming along a lot faster than I thought it would and Iâ€TMm definitely excited about that.”

Buena Vista offers gorgeous views, a perfect temperature, and an altitude of around 7,965 feet which is almost 2,000 feet higher than Colorado Springs.

Training camp is broken into two sessions: a morning session that runs from about 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and an afternoon session that runs from about 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The first day of training camp the players participated in a fitness test to gauge their fitness and commitment. A major focus for the rest of training camp will be footwork, ball handling skills, and passing.

“Training is going good; itâ€TMs really intense the guys are responding really well to it,” said Ellis. “So weâ€TMre definitely excited to be here.” 

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